Coffee cup recycling begins in London, Bins in shape of yellow coffee cups placed on city streets and participating locations, 2.5 billion paper coffee cups used in UK annually

From the BBC April 3, 2017.

“Coffee cup recycling scheme launched in City of London

A new scheme in the City of London is aiming to recycle five million disposable coffee cups this year.

More than 100 retailers and 30 organisations are offering recycling facilities as part of the City of London’s Square Mile Challenge.

The organisers claim the initiative will be the UK’s biggest coffee cup recycling scheme.

Only 1% of the 2.5 billion paper coffee cups used in the UK each year are recycled.

The plastic film inside the cups means they can rarely be recycled with other mixed recycling.

The initiative will process the cups to create a plastic or recovered fibre material which will be made into new products, some of which will be donated to an outdoor community space and cafe due to open in the City next year.”

“Bins in the shape of yellow coffee cups are being placed on the City’s streets and participating organisations will display yellow stickers in their windows.”

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